The Milky Way over the Everglades

I got up at 1:20am and gathered my gear to drive down to the Everglades to catch the Milky Way. The weather conditions were just right with clear skies, no moon, cool temperatures and a very light breeze that did not disturb the water surface. the cool weather kept the mosquitos in check. I arrived at one of the many lakes around 3:00am in the Everglades National Park. My goal was to try out some new techniques to capture the Milky Way. This image of the Milky Way is made up of 20 images that were stacked to reduce the noise and provide more definition to the stars in the night sky. Taken 03-30-2022

The Milky Way over the Everglades
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Open Enrollment for Habitat Broward’s Homes – February 1

Open Enrollment for Habitat Broward’s New Energy Efficient, Affordable Single Family Pompano Beach Homes Begins Tuesday, February 1

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (January 31, 2022) – Open enrollment for Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s pre-application process for new energy efficient, affordable housing at “A Rick Case Habitat Community” and North-West 27th Street developments in Pompano Beach will begin on Tuesday, Friday 1, via www.habitatbroward.org.

The new energy efficient single and two story affordable Habitat homes in Pompano Beach include four bedrooms garages modern kitchens landscaped yards and hurricane impact windows

The new energy efficient models will include four bedrooms, garages, modern kitchens, landscaped yards, and hurricane impact windows.

These locations are minutes away from beautiful beaches, schools, churches, a lively art and cultural scene, and great recreational and shopping amenity.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for first time home buyers, there is no better affordable housing option in Broward County,” said Thor Barraclough, Habitat Broward Chief Program Officer. “Selected applicants will enjoy affordable mortgage loans through our home ownership program and can achieve the economic empowerment that comes from owning your own home.”

The homes include the last 33 to be built in the new intentional community, “A Rick Case Habitat Community,” which when completed, will be the largest affordable housing development of single-family homes in Broward’s history, providing 76 homes for hard-working families.

The application process has four steps that includes a pre-qualification questionnaire, orientation, financial analysis review and face-to-face interview. Successful applicants can expect to move into a home within 12 to 18 months.

Qualifications include but are not limited to the following:

• Must be a first-time home buyer.
• Must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident.
• Must be a current Broward County resident or working in Broward (for a year or more).
• Must demonstrate a need for affordable housing.
• Must be able to afford a zero-percent mortgage and make a $2,000 down-payment.

Interested families can visit https://www.habitatbroward.org/2020-pre-qualification-questionnaire/ to start the pre-application process.

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and achieve the economic empowerment of home ownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.

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Startrails over the Florida Everglades

Startrails over the Florida Everglades
Photo by Lee Smith – Startrails over the Florida Everglades

I got up 2:30am, had my coffee and left my house by 3am. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to reach my destination deep in the Florida Everglades. I have to walk through the area in total darkness with a small flashlight to find my spot to setup my tripod and shoot. I usually adjust my camera settings at home before leaving, so I do not have to waste time on site. I have to capture about (180) 20 second images. When I get home, I download all the images and select the 180 images to stack and combine in my software. The whole processing part can take about 30-45 minutes once the image is combined to get this result.
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The Fall Equinox at Deering Estate

The sun just rose above the horizon at the Deering Estate on this day – the Fall Equinox, when the sun rises in the middle of the boat basin. Creating an incredible sunrise photograph.

he Deering Estate on this day - the Fall Equinox, when the sun rises in the middle of the boat basin. Creating an incredible sunrise photograph
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Florida Keys Remain Under Tropical Storm Watch

Elsa prompted Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency in 15 Florida counties: Miami-Dade, Monroe, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota.

“The threat posed by Elsa requires that timely precautions are taken to protect the communities, critical infrastructure, and general welfare of Florida,” DeSantis’ executive order reads.

Read more….
https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/national-international/elsa-moving-toward-jamaica-and-cuba-florida-keys-under-tropical-storm-watch/2487577/

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Everglades Sunrise by Lee Smith Photography
Everglades – 2016-04-09 – IMG_1446-HDR

Reclaimed Wood By EcoSimplista

Eco Simplista - South Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions including reclaimed wood.

 

EcoSimplista searches for used wood through a network of sources. The wood that can be reclaimed is collected and shipped to EcoSimplista.

  • Reclaimed wood is salvaged from old homes, warehouses and historic mills throughout the Southeastern U.S. All the reclaimed wood is hand-milled for reuse in homes, offices, stores, and restaurants.
  • Each batch of reclaimed wood is unique and varies from the picture shown on the website.

 

Reclaimed brown wood from EcoSimplista in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Reclaimed Brown Wood
https://www.ecosimplista.com/reclaimed-brown-wood.html

 

Reclaimed Brown Wood Fencing from EcoSimplista in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Reclaimed Brown Wood Fencing
https://www.ecosimplista.com/reclaimed-brown-wood-fencing.html

 

Reclaimed Brown Wood from EcoSimplista in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Reclaimed Brown Wood Siding
https://www.ecosimplista.com/reclaimed-brown-wood-siding.html

 

Reclaimed Grey Wood from EcoSimplista in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Reclaimed Grey Wood
https://www.ecosimplista.com/reclaimed-grey-wood.html

 

Reclaimed White Wood from EcoSimplista in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Reclaimed White Wood
https://www.ecosimplista.com/reclaimed-white-wood.html

 

Shou Sugi Ban Reclaimed Wood from EcoSimplista in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Shou Sugi Ban Reclaimed Wood
https://www.ecosimplista.com/shou-sugi-ban-reclaimed-wood.html

 

EcoSimplista – Your Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Company
217 SW 33rd Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
(954) 565-5900
https://www.ecosimplista.com

Reclaimed Wood by EcoSimplista

Eco Simplista - South Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions

Reclaimed wood offers a wonderful material for your special projects that can be purchased at EcoSimplista in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. There are so many do it yourself projects that will allow you to explore your inner craftsman ideas. These are but a few projects that you can use reclaimed wood:

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Picture Frames
  • Mirror Frames
  • Wooden Wall
  • Assorted Furniture
  • Wooden Shelves
  • Wooden Planter Boxes
  • Wooden Bench
  • Wood Decorations
  • Storage Chest
  • Coffee Table
  • Sliding Barn Door
  • Reclaimed Wood Bookcases
  • Coat Racks
  • Wood Bar Table
  • Wood Couch Arm Shelf
  • Wood Display Shelf
Examples of Reclaimed Wood projects by EcoSimplista Examples of Reclaimed Wood projects by EcoSimplista Examples of Reclaimed Wood projects by EcoSimplista

EcoSimplista offers a variety of Reclaimed Wood for you your home projects for Miami, Broward & Palm Beach, call us at (954) 565-5900 to see what we have in stock

EcoSimplista offers a variety of Reclaimed wood for your home projects covering Miami, Broward and Palm Beach Counties
Reclaimed wood for your home projects at EcoSimplista in Ft Lauderdale, FL

Live Life Simplista.
We believe it is possible to live life ‘green’ regardless of one’s income or position in life.
It takes a step by step approach to transition to a less selfish, clean, sustainable lifestyle. Each step becomes its own reward. Let us all try to leave this planet, our home, cleaner than we found it for the future of all humanity.

our mission
As South Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions, the mission of Eco Simplista is quite simple. We believe the use of non-toxic, sustainable products and services will.

Visit us at our store to see the latest reclaimed wood and all our other earth friendly products.

https://www.ecosimplista.com/shop/building/lumber/reclaimed-wood.html

EcoSimplista – Your Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Company
217 SW 33rd Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
(954) 565-5900

Moon over Miami Beach by Lee Smith

The Full Moon image captured from Margaret Pace Park near downtown Miami, shooting across the Intracoastal Waterway to Miami Beach on a February Full Moon
By Lee Smith
Taken: 02-19-2019
© 2019 Smitty’s Holdings, Inc.

 from Margaret Pace Park near downtown Miami, shooting across the Intracoastal Waterway to Miami Beach on a February Full Moon
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Fused Glass Art in Downtown Hollywood

Fusion by Design - Fused Glass Art in Downtown Hollywood
A hidden gem in Hollywood’s Downtown is Fusion by Design located within L/Mercado Studios. Come meet local artist in residence, JoAnn Laskin. Find unique handmade fused glass art or functional art glass pieces. Beginning fused glass classes are available for your next unique date night, corporate team building event, or ladies night out.

Contact JoAnn Laskin at fusionbydesign@hotmail.com
or 954-558-8682 to schedule your class.

Fusion by Design - Fused Glass Art in Downtown Hollywood. Fusion by Design is located within L/Mercado Studios

H2A Programs by LaborQuest USA

LaborQuest USA provides H2A guest workers for growers, farmers, harvesters, and garden centers in the agricultural business. LaborQuest USA provides H2A guest workers for growers, farmers, harvesters, and garden centers in the agricultural business. Typical H2A job titles for these employers typically include: field workers, farm laborers, field laborers, pickers, packers, and harvesters.

H2A Visa Details

The H2A visa is for individuals who will be employed as temporary, seasonal farm workers. The H2A visa may be issued for a period up to ten months, or sometimes one year. There is no numerical limit to the number of H2A visas issued. A single petition may be used to sponsor a group of H2A visas if:

  • workers will perform the same services;
  • workers will work at the same location; and
  • workers will obtain their visa stamp through the same US Consulate.

H2A Visa are used for?

Foreign agricultural workers (field workers, crop pickers, farm laborers) who will work for US companies to provide labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature. The employers who most often use H2A visas are: farms, orchards, fruit growers, vegetable growers, tree nurseries, forestry.

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Learn more about our programs for seasonal workers, guest worker programs and other work visas!

LaborQuest – Florida
6801 Lake Worth Road, Suite 336
Greenacres, FL 33467
Florida Direct: (561) 904-8000
Toll Free US/Canada: (800) 816-6041
https://laborquest.com
LaborQuest – New York
30 Bridge Road, Suite 111
Rouses Point, NY 12979
New York Direct: (518) 297-7788
Toll Free US/Canada: (800) 816-6041
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The Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne, FL

The Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne, FL

The Cape Florida Lighthouse Key Biscayne, FL

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